‘I think by next year we’ll have even better turnout’
CBRM Blossoms program launched in Sydney Mines.
A program intended to make local residents and visitors alike feel good about local communities was rolled out in Sydney Mines Tuesday, with the official launch of the CBRM Blossoms program.
The initiative, a project involving the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and administered by Business Cape Breton, saw a splash of colour added outside Sydney Mines’ Old Town Hall, with the addition of lush hanging baskets. The Cape Breton Post is the media sponsor.
The program began last year in downtown Sydney and will expand this summer throughout the CBRM.
Large baskets of flowers adorning lampposts and ban- ner signs flapping in the breeze will be made available for as many as 15 downtown neighbourhoods and communities.
“By expanding that out, now more phone calls are coming, I think by next year we’ll have even better turnout,” Mayor Cecil Clarke said. “I look forward to expanding that and I want to thank everyone involved.”
Clarke noted that it is about making the CBRM’s own citizens feel good about their communities, as well as former residents who return home and visitors who may be arriving for the first time.
Martin Pickup, president of the Sydney Mines Seniors and Pensioners Club, presented a donation to the cause. To date, more than $54,000 in private contributions have been received for the program.
CBRM Coun. Ivan Doncaster, from left, Deputy Mayor George MacDonald, Sydney Mines Seniors and Pensioners Club president Martin Pickup, Sydney Downtown Development Association’s Michelle Wilson, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, Const. Shaun MacLennan, Coun. Clarence Prince, Coun. Jim MacLeod, Cape Breton Post managing editor Carl Fleming and Coun. Claire Detheridge all took part in Tuesday’s launch of the CBRM Blossoms program outside Sydney Mines’ Old Town Hall.